LECOM is a private, non-profit institution offering professional programs in pharmacy, medicine, and dentistry. LECOM School of Pharmacy is a single school operating out of two locations, offering the Doctor of Pharmacy degree through three pathways; an accelerated three year pathway in Erie, PA, a traditional four year pathway in Bradenton, FL and a four year distance education pathway, available to students living throughout the United States.
The mission of the LECOM School of Pharmacy is to prepare pharmacy professionals committed to providing high-quality, ethical, and empathetic patient-centered care to serve the needs of a diverse population. Through the integration of sciences with critical thinking skills and effective communication we prepare future pharmacists to be strong patient advocates and leaders in their communities, in professional associations, and in research activities. Students are exposed to early involvement in pharmacy practice that provides valuable learning experiences for their future careers as pharmacists. This also allows a progressive development of students' professional communication skills, and a true appreciation of pharmaceutical care concepts. Strong emphasis is placed on professionalism and life-long learning.
The LECOM School of Pharmacy curriculum includes laboratory demonstrations and hands-on exercises, which prepare our students to compound extemporaneous and intravenous preparations. Students also participate in small group sessions to develop application, communication, and other skills needed for the pharmacy profession.
LECOM encourages student involvement and leadership in community service activities through many officially recognized clubs and organizations. The students are actively involved in various community service events, and in fact, LECOM has been a national award winner every year since the inception of the Script Your Future Medication Adherence Challenges.
LECOM is a member of LECOM Health, which includes Millcreek Community Hospital, LECOM, LECOM Institute for Successful Aging, Medical Associates of Erie physician offices, and the LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center. The LECOM School of Pharmacy is affiliated with over 1,800 practice sites to provide experiential rotations for its students. Chartered in 1992, LECOM's enrollment has grown to more than 4000 students.
For more information about LECOM, please visit http://www.lecom.edu
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|Biology w/labs: may include Introduction to Biology, Anatomy and Physiology or Microbiology||8||12|
|General Chemistry with labs||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry with labs||8||12|
|General Electives: may include courses from History, Language, Art, Music, Humanities, etc..||15||25|
General Education Electives must be taken in subject areas other than the above prerequisites, such as humanities and social sciences.
All of the prerequisite course requirements must be taken at an accredited college/university in the United States. Applicants must complete all pharmacy prerequisites with a minimum grade of C (70%) in each course by July 1st prior to matriculation.
LECOM School of Pharmacy will not accept CLEP credits for prerequisite courses. Advanced placement credits will be accepted for pre-requisite coursework with a score of 3 or higher. International baccalaureate (IB) credits earned at an approved IB high school in the United States will be accepted for pre-requisite coursework with a score of 4 or higher. International degree and course evaluations will not be accepted as prerequisite coursework.
If you apply and are accepted to multiple LECOM PharmD programs (traditional, accelerated, and/or distance) you may deposit into only one of these programs.
LECOM requires all applicants to submit a LECOM Supplemental Application for each pathway to which they apply. Once LECOM receives the Verified PharmCAS application for any pathway, qualified applicants will receive an e-mail message providing information and instructions regarding how to complete the Supplemental Application which will include a username and password to access the secure LECOM Candidate Portal to complete the Supplemental Application. Payment of the $50 supplemental application fee is required at the time of submission. The LECOM Supplemental Application is very brief, and you are encouraged to complete it as soon as possible. The deadline date for submission of the LECOM Supplemental Application is April 15, 2017.
Candidates may receive an invite to an interview before submitting their supplemental application, however, LECOM requires all students to eventually submit a supplemental.
Beginning with Fall 2017 admission, LECOM will no longer require the PCAT. If you would like to use the PCAT to supplement your application it is recommended that applicants take the PCAT prior to January of the year of matriculation. The applicant must arrange for Harcourt Assessment to send the PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS (select PCAT code 104).
Applicants with F-1 Visas must submit a TOEFL score with their PharmCAS application.
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents DO NOT have to submit a TOEFL score.
Accepted students must sign a matriculation agreement and must also provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations prior to matriculation.
Permanent Residents of the United States must submit a copy of their Permanent Resident Card to the office of admission (email@example.com) to be eligible for admission. This should be submitted at the time the supplemental application is submitted to speed the processing of your application.
All of the prerequisite course requirements must be taken at an accredited college/university in the United States by July 1st prior to matriculation. LECOM does not consider foreign transcript evaluations.
LECOM now accepts applications from students with F-1 Visas! International applicants must satisfy the following requirements:
1.) All 60 Credits of pre-requisite coursework must be earned at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
2.) All international applicants must submit their IBT TOEFL results on PharmCAS with a minimum score of “20” on each section (reading, speaking, listening, writing).
3.) All students must provide proof of their F-1 visa status. LECOM can only evaluate applicants with F-1 Visas.
4.) International applicants must submit an I-20 Certification of Finances form. International students must also pay their first year tuition in full upon matriculation.
5.) Applicants must also satisfy any other requirements for the School of Pharmacy as listed here.
LECOM School of Pharmacy requires two letters of recommendation. One of the letters must be from a science professor. The other letter can be from anyone else except a friend, family member or co- worker. A letter of recommendation from a pharmacist is recommended. All letters of recommendation are submitted through PharmCAS. PharmCAS allows students to submit up to four letters of recommendation. PharmCAS will send the letters to the schools you apply to once they receive them from your recommender.
Applicants being considered for admission will be invited for an on-site interview on a rolling basis between September and May. Therefore, those applying early may have a greater chance for acceptance. The on-site interview will give the applicant an opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and current students, as well as learn more about LECOM and the pharmacy program. While we strongly recommend that a candidate interviews at the campus to which they are applying, accommodations can be made upon special request. Please contact the admissions coordinator for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org .